Spring at McCall’s

"Spring at McCall’s" McCall's Spring 2016 patterns – Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

How about some positivity around these parts, eh?

M7355 by David Tutera features a skirt style which has become very popular among custom seamstresses who sew with African/wax cloth fabrics. It’s totally simple, but I admit I’ve been wanting a skirt like this…without having to figure it out on my own. (When did I become such a lazy sewer???)

"Spring at McCall’s" McCall's Spring 2016 patterns – Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

M7366 is sexy, sexy, sexy!!!! I want this!!! And her shoes…oh, my. Almost makes me wish I wore stilettos. I love the front bodice on this jumpsuit because it looks like something you’d see on a celebrity on the red carpet. It’s sexy, it’s daring, and it’s unapologetic.The back bodice is a little dowdy, but that’s easily fixed by showing a little more skin.

"Spring at McCall’s" McCall's Spring 2016 patterns – Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

M7350 is so pretty, isn’t it? It’s the perfect floaty summer dress. I really like how the front overlap in View A is both overlapped and asymmetrical. The overlap — which I assume is not stitched down — is playful, and creates a unique take on the asymmetrical hem trend. I also like the feminine ruching at the front bodice and waistband, paired with the flat front of the skirt portion. Keeping the ruching at the back is a great touch. Ladies with large backsides can use the extra room, and ladies with flat backsides can fake some fullness courtesy of all the fabric back there.

"Spring at McCall’s" McCall's Spring 2016 patterns – Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

I’m pretty open about not liking Khaliah Ali; I didn’t like her designs at Simplicity and I don’t like them here. But I’m loving the sample for M7367! I’d never sew this pattern — I don’t like it — but for once, someone finally pulled some decent fabrics for her designs and I must give kudos for that. This design seems familiar…but then, everything reminds me of everything else. At any rate, I’m sticking with the Simplicity pattern already in my stash.

"Spring at McCall’s" McCall's Spring 2016 patterns – Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

M7356 is a great looking top, but … 2 1/2 yards of 60″ wide fabric for one sleeveless top??? Come again? And that’s for a size 22; by the time I grade this up for me it could run me three yards. That’s a dress, my friends. I hope some of you slim ladies sew this up, so I can live vicariously through you!

"Spring at McCall’s" McCall's Spring 2016 patterns – Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

I really like M7358, a shirt by Laura Ashley. It may be the fabric, but it’s totes adorbs! I don’t generally do wrap fronts and don’t intend to change for this pattern, but it’s so cute! I like the pointy front hems. Is that a new trend? Or an existing trend I’ve managed to miss? (Entirely possible.) The shoulder and back yokes are areas ripe for delicious bits of contrast fabric, too. What a great pattern!

"Spring at McCall’s" McCall's Spring 2016 patterns – Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

Is M7359 cute or a bit hideous? I can’t tell! I personally think this sample shirt is totally adorable and would buy it off the rack…but you’ve all seen how I dress! It does remind me of the Sutton Blouse — see, everything reminds me of everything else — and I do feel the Sutton Blouse is a lot more sophisticated. But M7359 is one of the few patterns in this new collection to go above size 22 (44″ bust), so if you don’t like to grade up this might be a good alternative.

"Spring at McCall’s" McCall's Spring 2016 patterns – Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

M7357 looks cute, summery, very easy to wear, and quite RTW! I love the curved neckband, though I notice the model is wearing a camisole under this shirt. To me, this suggests that we should check the neckline depth against our bodies before sewing it up. Also, I see some flare in the design at the sides, so picking a fabric that drapes well will be important. Hm. Maybe this shirt is trickier than it looks…

"Spring at McCall’s" McCall's Spring 2016 patterns – Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

M7363 is such a pretty skirt! I made one like it awhile ago and wasn’t crazy about it — that’s a good reason to try this new, very similar pattern, right? Right??? Hah. *smile* My favorite views are B (above) and D, both of which take about 2 1/2 yards of 60″ wide fabric. I can see this in some luxurious rayon jersey, how about you?

"Spring at McCall’s" McCall's Spring 2016 patterns – Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

I love M7374!!! For me. Not for men. The men can get their own coat. Look at the lines on this beauty! I really like View C. The other bonus is that, because it’s sized for men, I fit easily into the size range for this coat. I definitely found it disappointing how few patterns for the ladies went above size 22 in this collection, and hope it’s just a fluke for McCall’s.

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2 Comments

  1. I think overall McCall’s hit it out of the park with this release! I don’t love everything – but that’s okay. On my “must buy” list are:

    7350 Every view is awesome, imo!
    7349 Looks like a dress I can live in at work during summer
    7356 is just too cute to me! I like all the views except D (the main image in white)
    7358 is my favorite style top
    7357 is really gorgeous and I agree, maybe a bit trickier than it otherwise looks. And CUP SIZING!!!

    :) C’mon spring!

    1. This collection was definitely a winner! There were some other solid designs I left off my review to prevent it from being too long. :) Good eye on 7357, I did not catch the cup sizing. Exciting!!! That will definitely help that curvy neckline lay right.

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